Here are some of the elf on the shelf shenanigans our elf, Spidey got into this year.

Playing Twister

Hanging out with the Grinch

Checking the Grinch's heart

The magic rainbow! You can find the note free here!

Drumming with the Nutcracker

Hanging out in the bathroom

Having a sleepover

Initially the Grinch caught Spidey.

He arrived riding the train (same day as we went on our Polar Express ride). 

Snowball fight! 

Make sure to pin for next year!

What are some of your favorite elf shenanigans?!

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes was one of the first tpt products I created and it was time to freshen it up! Here are some of the activities you can find in it. The great thing too is it can be used all year long!
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

Pre-K and Kindergarten Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Activities

You can check out these activities and more here. 

I love work box tasks and was looking for some new ones for my preschoolers. The great thing about these work box tasks are they can be used at anytime throughout the year! 

There is sorting birds by size.

Tracing numerals 1-10.

Two levels for matching shapes. 

Two levels for color matching.

Sorting by short and tall.

Clipping the monster that's different. 

Matching numerals 1-10. 

Circling more and x on less. 

Graphics from Educlips
Balancing paper and teaching in Special Ed is really challenging! There is LOTS more paperwork, and documentation than ever before and sometimes it is very overwhelming! Here are some tips to help ease it all! 
1. If possible try to schedule times of the day when you have extra people in the classroom or the class can do whole group activities.
2. Have assessments needed to be done for the day ready to go before the kids come up. I try to pick one assessment to tackle a day (for example: abc's, shapes, or colors) and get through the entire class that day. 

3. Once you have assessed try to record it that day or the next day on the rubric or in your assessment book. That way you won't have a ton of papers stacked up at the end. 
4. Prioritize IEPs that need to be done. I have a Done Pile, To Be Completed Pile, and a To Be Started Pile. 
What tips or tricks do you have to help ease the stress of all the paperwork!

With the holidays right around the corner I thought I would share some fun activities we have done in our classroom!

You can find all these Holiday Activities here. 

You can find Holiday Freebies here. 
Arts and crafts:
Marble Painted Gingerbread Men
Decorating Stockings
Holly Ornament made out of frosting container lids. 
Roll the tree game
Decorate the Tree
Scrunching up tissue paper for a wreath (great for finger strengthening)
Stringing Lights ABC Order
Holiday Sensory Bin Activities

Looking for some tips on planning your Holiday party?! Check out this post. 
Favorite Books:
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Curious George Curious About Christmas
Biscuit's Christmas Eve
Bear Stays Up
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
Llama, Llama Jingle Bells
Merry Christmas Daniel Tiger
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
What are some of your favorite Holiday Activities to do with your class?!

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